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Does litigation make you ill?

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7289.805/a (Published 31 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:805
  1. Kevin Barraclough, general practitioner
  1. Painswick, Gloucestershire

    It's often well into the consultation when their lower lip begins to quiver. This is the physical sign that alerts us astute physicians that something is up, and that it might be a long morning. However, when they start to speak of “my case,” you know that they are suffering from WLD and you reach for the Prozac pad. There are in fact two variations of the condition: WLD—whiplash, litigation, depression—or its variant, WLBBD—whiplash, litigation, breakup with …

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